100% with you, mate. I cherish all three albums as if they were my children but s/t has that acerbic, more sinister edge over Dummy that I just adore. Nevertheless I hold Third as their masterpiece (and Silence as their best song).
"Domino will release both an audio and video recording of Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), which features Gibbons’ November 29th, 2014 performance with the orchestra conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, Poland’s greatest living composer" (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/portishead-beth-gibbons-live-lp-henryk-gorecki-symphony-no-3-786605/) Not so new, to be true,
Looks like I gave Dummy a bit of a listen in 2013. I'm currently going through Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 albums of all time and Dummy came in at 419 and i am so happy I took a listen, been missing out.
Музыка вроде ничего, но вокал просто пиздец. Подобные неприятные вокальные изрыгания я встречал разве что у петушиной поп-группы АФФИНАЖ, где по слухам вокалисту открыл "талант" скунс, случайно наложивший ему зловонную кучу в рот.
Haven't put a foot wrong from Dummy to Third, and each album has it's own identity and sound. Gotta say though, Third blows the other two out of the water for me. Its desolate take on depression and finding meaning is cathartic like nothing else.
I'd really like to, but I can't recognize this in Third. Maybe it's just me, but it compares poorly to their first two albums and sounds very disjointed and directionless. On its own, I still think it's a good album though.
To me, Third actually feels like the most coordinated. I can definitely see why it would feel scattered though, it is much more sonically varied than their other two albums, for better or worse. I personally love how the album flows.